Armor from centuries past, as well as American glass pieces, will be in Gray’s October 4th auction

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A knight in shining armor introduces Gray’s Auctioneers’ next auction, on Wednesday, October 4th, as several lots of armor from a private collector display an armory from centuries past and from multiple cultures. The centerpiece lot is a circa-1630 three-quarter suit of English armor, perched on an antique oak pedestal base. Complementing the armor is a collection of international swords, muskets and pistols. These include a 19th century French officer’s flintlock pistol with three fleurs de lis adorning the 18mm barrel; and a circa-1580 German swept hilt rapier with a double-sided, beveled blade.

GA image 2 Italian-made 19th century French officer’s flintlock pistol with three fleurs de lis adorning the 18mm barrel.

Not to be outshone, a huge collection of American decorative, stretch and pressed glass will make their mark, with notable manufacturers like Fenton, Imperial, Cambridge, St. Clair, Westmoreland, Degenhart, Dugan and Boyd’s. There is a variety of styles and figures, from open salts to paperweights and figurines to decorative ware. Also offered will be fine art, furniture and decorative arts. The auction will start promptly at 11 am Eastern time, with live bidding provided by GraysAuctioneers.com. The fully illustrated catalog is now online, at GraysAuctioneers.com. Previews will be held Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 2-3. To see more, click here.

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Classic cars, muscle cars, rare one-of-a-kinds at Vicari Auction’s three day sale, Oct. 5th-7th

VA image 1 The first car ever publicly toured as a Batmobile (years before the TV show), created in 1960 and finished in 1963 by Forrest Robinson of Westmoreland, N.H.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, for Vicari Auction’s Classic & Muscle Car Auction slated for October 5, 6 and 7, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, the Vicari showroom in Biloxi, Miss., and online. The sale will take place during the 21st annual Cruisin’ the Coast event (October 1-8), a weeklong series of happenings all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that includes cruise-ins, headline bands and oldies entertainment, a swap meet and, of course, the Vicari auction. About 30,000 cars spanning many years and makes will pour into the area that week. The Vicari auction will feature around 600 cars.

VA image 2 1971 Dodge Challenger with a 426 Hemi engine, automatic transmission, power steering and brakes and air conditioning, to be sold without reserve.

A few of the expected feature lots will include the very first car ever publicly toured as a Batmobile (years before the TV show), created in 1960 and finished in 1963 by Forrest Robinson of Westmoreland, N.H., who used a 1956 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 chassis powered by an Olds Rocket 324 c.i. engine and built on a handmade custom body; a 1971 Dodge Challenger with a 426 Hemi engine, automatic transmission, power steering and brakes and air conditioning, to be sold without reserve; and a 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.3 slant-nose sports car with only 29,000 original miles and a $12,000 service performed just last year. Click here to find out more.

VA image 3 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.3 slant-nose sports car with only 29,000 original miles and a $12,000 service performed just last year.

 

 

 

 

The James E. Connell collection of Canadian clocks and watches up for bid October 6th-7th

MM image 1 Circa 1820s banjo clock made by the renowned Montreal clock and watch maker Martin Cheney, highly distinctive in form and one of only a few known to exist.

James E. Connell might not be a household name in the U.S, but in Canada’s horology community he’s a legendary clock collector and expert on the subject of Canadian clocks. He has co-authored two books on the subject: The Canada and Hamilton Clock Companies (1986) and Early Canadian Timekeepers (1993). Now, Connell’s collection of quality clocks and watches, to include the best of his Canadian clocks, plus hundreds of high-quality railroad grade pocket watches and luxury wristwatches, will be sold by Miller & Miller Auctions, online (Oct. 6) and live, in the Hamburg, Ontario, Canada gallery (Oct. 7).

MM image 2 Canada Clock Co. (Hamilton) “Tilley” model mantel clock, named in honor of Sir Leonard Tilley, with all-original etched tablet, dial, and time and strike 8-day movement.

Top lots will include an 1820s banjo clock made by the renowned Montreal clock and watch maker Martin Cheney, who was American-born but moved from Vermont to Montreal in 1809 and became one of Canada’s pioneering clockmakers; a Canada Clock Co. (Hamilton) “Tilley” model mantel clock, named in honor of Sir Leonard Tilley, a politician who granted the company a 35 percent tariff protection against imported clocks; and a Patek Philippe pocket chronometer, engraved with the name of the man who entered it in the Geneva Astronomical Observatory Timing Contest of 1913 and won third prize. Find out more here.

MM image 3 Patek Philippe pocket chronometer, engraved with the name of the man who entered it in the Geneva Astronomical Observatory Timing Contest of 1913 and won third prize.

 

 

 

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